A Slinging of Importance

         The motion picture A Street Car Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan in 1951 and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play was enjoyed by most of the members of the class panel discussion, and many topics were brought up of hilarity and conviction. I thought of how important the scene where Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando) slung the dishes across the table to let the audience know that he was not taking anymore crap from the sisters.

         First of all I do not know how Stanley put up with Blanche (Vivien Leigh) as long as he did. The fact that the woman was such a hooker and a bloodsucker drove me insane. We all have those certain relatives that drive us insane, and we usually only have to spend the holidays with them, I could not imagine spending a long period of time with the crazies. As street smart as Stanley was, Blanche did not even wear a poker face when she was screwing behind closed doors. It is funny how our past follows us wherever we go.

         When Stanley threw the dishes, I laughed. The reason why is that was his breaking point, and it was time to open the gates of Hell; changes were to be made. The scene was important that it showed that Stanley was no longer going to be nice to Blanche in the least bit. Stanley was the boss of the house. A person just does not go into the lion's den and start pushing the lion around. In the panel discussion, Brando was given a large amount of praise by some of the panelists for his performance in the motion picture, with which I totally agree. If Brando had not been in the film, I do not think that I would be praising the film at all.

         Although his wife moves out with the baby at the end, one assumes that she will be back the next day because Stanley is the hand that feeds her. Stanley slinging the dishes made the film awesome to me because he stood up or the respect that he deserved.

Preston Bradley

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